My Beauty Regime

First, let me start by saying I am naturally blessed with good genes so my make-up tends to be minimal, but a few of you have been asking how I look so flawless so here goes!

My first secret is water: I fully commit to drinking over five litres a day. I buy specially filtered water from my local whole food shop. With water you get what you pay for so cheaper bottles tend not to have such a high electrolyte count. 

My next secret is sleep. I’m so blessed because my children have always slept straight through which is lucky because the nursery was always on the top floor of the house and I couldn’t be running up and down two flights of stairs- however good it’d be for the glutes! Before I go to sleep, I douse my pillow with lavender extract and listen to a relaxing app called Sounds of a Quiet Office at Work. Jeremy says all my essential oils make him queasy and that’s why he often sleeps in the spare room. 

So that’s it really guys! Genes, water and sleep! That and at least three hours a week at Tanya’s Beauty Salon in Chipping Camden: she’s a magician.

Five Ways to be the Perfect Host

The Welcome
If like me you don’t want your guests wearing shoes in the house (they play havoc with the shag pile), then offer them slippers to wear. I keep a stash of hotel slippers for guests. I tend to put the ones from Le Manoir at the top.

Atmosphere

I think candles are essential in creating a welcoming atmosphere. Jeremy once said our home was ‘lit up like a bloody Princess Di vigil’. I thought that was a lovely thing to say. I like to buy candles from Jo Malone put them where everyone will notice. 

Food

Some of you might be aware that I have a severe gluten-intolerance. I will be doing a FacebookLive chat about it next week-stay tuned for dates.

Anyway, all my dinner party meals have to be gluten-free. I don’t eat sugar, processed carbs or garlic either so you might think I’d be limited to what I can cook but you’re so wrong! The last dinner party we had for Jeremy’s clients I wowed them with a caulirice bake.

Conversation

I always try and keep things light: the various achievements of the children, the problems with finding progressive private schools, what’s new in piano tuition and so on. Brexit was a real worry for me when hosting this year, but luckily all our guests have been in agreement on that topic!

The Goodbye

For some reason, our guests never seem to outstay their welcome and most of the time they’re putting their shoes back on by 9.30. I like to give them a momento of the evening and so give each guest a jar of my signature homemade medlar chutney as they leave. Actually, the gardener found three jars of it when he cut the hedge last week. Must remember to ask the children if they know anything about that… 

The Sisterhood

Some people think that, because I’ve married a fabulously wealthy man and dropped out of the rat-race, I can’t be a feminist and that just makes me angry. I hate women who judge. 

Yes, ok, my nine year old DD plucks her eyebrows and wants to marry a footballer when she’s older but I have done everything in my power to parent gender-neutrally. 

I guess it just really makes me feel judged when other mums hate on me for letting Nectar wear make-up to school. I mean, everyone knows being clever is never enough. You’ve got to look the part, too. I think maybe they’re jealous because their daughters are ugly?

Anyway, all I’m saying is that we’ve got support each other. Us women have to stick together!

Just a gentle reminder to my gorgeous readers that I moderate comments and any remarks about ‘bra-burning’, ‘MILFs’ and any use of the ‘c word’ will be deleted. Thanks guys!

Being Honest

I think people can see my life online and think it’s perfect all the time but it’s important to let my readers know that I’m just like you: sometimes I question whether this is the best use of a First Class Honours degree, sometimes I wonder if homeschooling is such a good idea, sometimes I find life in the Cotswolds claustrophobically twee.

So, rest assured, dear reader, that just because I’m blessed with a big house, no mortgage, pneumatically perky breasts, two perfect children and a bespoke kitchen, I don’t have an au pair to help or a personal trainer (at least, not one full time), I’m severely gluten-intolerant, the cleaner regularly cancels on me and the wifi can be reliable in the far field.

I’m just like you.

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Why My Family Don’t Need a TV

Although Jeremy stays in the city most days of the week, I don’t miss adult conversation because my children are such great company. 

I knew from early on that I didn’t want to be one of those mothers who let their kids spend hours in front of a screen: I want to spend real time having real experiences with my children. 

I asked Ambrose what his favourite thing about not having a telly was and immediately he said ‘When we get to play games with you, mummy’ which obviously made me cry but made Nectar snort with laughter and high five Ambrose. I love that they’re so close. 

Peaceful Parenting

Jeremy and I have a really clear objective for our parenting: we never want to shout at our children. 

Before we got pregnant we met with a life coach who encouraged us to identify our parenting goals and we both agreed we never want to have to discipline our children: we want well behaved ones. 

Happily, neither of our darlings have given us a moment’s worry. I always watch those other mothers having to shout at their wild kids at Young Ones Yoga on Thursdays and I just feel so bad for them. Ambrose might not be the most enthusiastic boy on the yoga mats but it’s only because he is too intelligent to take direction. 

Nectar

Nectar is my first born and our precious princess. She’s a real daddy’s girl and Jeremy just adores her- they have such a special relationship. 

Nectar isn’t just a beauty, she is so bright. Her teacher took me aside to tell me ‘There’s a fine line between bright and downright precocious and Nectar tends to lean to the latter’. I have never been so proud and I’m glad the school recognise her talents.